Euan Dickson-Earle led a hugely successful May Day bank holiday for Biggleswade Athletic Club members with a sensational gold medal and club record at the prestigious BUCS Championships.
The event at Bedford International Athletic Stadium is organised by British Universities & Colleges Sport and showcases the best athletes pursuing higher education around the UK. Euan – competing for Loughborough University – stormed to a time of 14.67sec to earn first place by one hundredth of a second from the despairing dive of Jake Porter, representing Birmingham University.
Euan’s performance shaved almost three tenths off his own BAC record, and was all the more impressive as competitors were running into a -1.7 metres per second headwind. Earlier in the weekend BAC’s Tom Boggon, running for the University of Bedfordshire, competed in the 400m and came a creditable sixth in a strong heat.
More record-breaking was to come, this time at the Essex County Combined Events Championships in Thurrock, as multi-discipline specialist Daniel Steel assembled a brilliant series of performances to smash the club’s outdoor pentathlon mark by over 300 points. Competing as a guest he amassed what looks – subject to ratification of the results from Essex AA – a new record of 2108 in somewhat windy conditions, with his proudest moment coming in the javelin. Daniel found over five additional metres with his final effort to register 43.09m – a new personal best – which was backed up healthily throughout the afternoon with season’s bests in all of the long jump (5.70m), 200m (26.7sec), discus (22.49m) and 1500m (5:44.7).
Meanwhile the club’s road runners were out in force at events across the region. Rob Morgan took ninth place overall at the Mayor of Huntingdon’s 5 Mile Charity Race, the first of 10 club members in the lineup. The event – starting at Priory Park in the town – took runners across scenic, gently undulating farm tracks on the Lord de Ramsey Estate in the town, and Rob’s time of 32m 11sec also took second place in the Men’s Veteran Age 40 category, a feat matched by his wife Natalie in the FV35 standings, as she took the runners-up spot with 37:24.
Yet both were outdone by BAC’s next finisher, Deb Bryant, who has endured an injury-hit year but showed she was back with a bang in topping the FV45 standings with a great time of 38:47.
Also securing a top-two age category finish was Jan Blake, the second FV55 home with 49:54, while Malcolm Steward (39:44), Richard and Georgia Barker (both 47:26), Corinne Calligan (51:45), Helen Steward (55:44) and Jo Ellary (61:09) rounded out the entries. A breezy day on the course saw runners joined with the mayor himself, and began with the clubmates collaring actor Kieron Richardson, best known for playing the role of Ste Hay in Hollyoaks – for a pre-race photo.
Elsewhere, marathon fever continued in Milton Keynes, as Hannah Broom took on the challenge of 26.2 miles and despite being under the weather left with a great PB of 3:51.12 to become 64th female finisher overall and 32nd in the FV35 category. Charlie Arnold meanwhile showed age is no barrier to kicking on in the sport as he shot round the half-marathon course in a brilliant time of 1:38.51 – good enough for third place in a highly competitive MV60 category, and 200th of over 3000 runners overall.